WMS hosts band, choir concerts
Performances slated for May 9, 12
Waupaca Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade bands will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, and the sixth-grade band and choir will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
Both concerts are free, open to the public and in the school’s Gerald C. Knoepfel Auditorium.
The May 9 concert will feature the eighth-grade farewell video.
The video will show the eighth-grade band students from the day they received their instruments up to that evening’s concert.
The bands will be under the direction of Greg Biba and Shana Rogney.
The concert will begin with the combined bands playing “Also Sprach Zarathustra.”
The seventh-grade band will play “In the Court of the King,” “Gap Creek,” “Dark Adventure,” “American Patrol” and “Drums of Darkness.”
Jeremy Martens will join the band as a guest guitar performer for “Crazy Train.”
District Administrator David Poeschl, who is a former band instructor and is retiring after this school year, will be the guest conductor for a performance of “Lightning.”
The eighth-grade band will perform “Quintero,” “Quad City Stomp,” “Cumberland Cross” and “Pure Imagination.”
The band will continue with “Fiddle Faddle,” featuring Thomas Katuin and Riley McKibben on xylophone and marimba.
Poeschl will be back on stage to direct the band for “Barn Dance.”
The final piece, which will include faculty musicians from around the district, will be “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
The May 12 band concert will be under the direction of Biba and Rogney.
It will begin with “Shockwave,” “In Quiet Times” and “Tambora!”
Parents and family members of band students will then play their instruments with the band for “Regal March,” “Montego Bay,” “Chesapeake March” and “Cha Cha de Salsa.”
The second half of the concert will feature the sixth-grade choir, directed by Laurel Leder and accompanied by Tamara Jacquet.
The songs will include “Stay Tuned! A Medley of Fun TV Classics,” “The Banjo’s Back in Town,” “Baseball Fever” and “The Trolley Song” from the musical “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
The song “Listen to the Rain” will include audience participation as a thunderstorm is created with body percussion during the piece.
Finishing out the concert will be the combining of the band and choir for the Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.”